Business Consulting is now a Multi-Million dollar industry.
In an age where there is so much information that is so readily accessible, it can be overwhelming to dig through it all.
Some gurus say, "Follow your passion."
Others say, "Follow the money."
At the end of the day, the simpliest advice I've found to be the most useful is: "Solve a Problem."
I might as well be completely honest. I never set out to be an entrepreneur.
In fact, I did what most Americans do. I graduated high school, then I went to college. After college I went into the workforce. And I was miserable.
I quit quite a few jobs.
I was fired from several as well.
I'll spare you the details. Let's just say that at no point in my professional experience did I ever feel as if what I was doing actually mattered.
Then I began having conversations with friends that wanted to start their own businesses. These conversations led to my first several clients.
As their businesses grew, they began to get questions from people who wanted to know how they did it. That led to referrals.
Before I knew it, I had become an Accidental Entrepreneur.
Simply because I. Solved. A. Problem.
It turns out that at no point in the formal "educational" process are we encouraged to think outside of the box. In fact, the majority of the educational experience is centered around conformity to pre-determined societal norms.
We are indoctrinated to seek the answers to questions that have already been answered. And we are conditioned to believe that "intelligence" is measured by how well we regurgitate these pre-packaged answers.
The fact is, there is a whole wide world outside of the paradigm we have come to accept as "normal".
But only a select few have the courage necessary to grow outside of the box. Only a select few have realized that it isn't enough to just have the right ANWERS to the questions.
Instead, it is far more important to ASK the right QUESTIONS.
There are very real issues that need to be addressed.
You may choose to tackle a world wide challenge such as climate change.
Or you may choose to tackle a more personal challenge such as "How do I keep my keys from getting lost?"
The scope isn't important.
The quest is all that truly matters.
If you are interested in starting your own business, but have no clue where to begin, its as simple as finding a problem.
And then solving it.
For established business owners, what problem did you set out to solve? And what ONE piece advice would you pass on to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Let us know in the comments below.
It isn't easy to start a business by yourself. We've been there.